The Calgary Flames scored two goals in regulation against the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday night. Both were on the power play.
Neither should surprise you, despite being previously Calgary went 1-for-25 on the power play, because the penalty kill Chicago is clearly the worst thing in hockey right now. Yes, they managed to kill a double minor later in the game, but we’ll just go ahead and assume Glen Gulutzan simply forgot to tell his team, they were on the power play. It sounds like a Glen Gulutzan thing to do.
Their PK is worse than the situation of Los Angeles Kings goalie. Yes, worse than the power play for the New York Islanders, which is 6.7 percent. Yes, worse than the Arizona Coyotes, who have two points in five games. It is unfathomably wrong time.
A glance at the leaderboard!
At home, the Blackhawks were shorthanded 18 times in five games and gave up nine goals, the most for any home team.
On the road, the Blackhawks were shorthanded eight times in two games and gave five powerplay goals. That’s the same number of goals as the Colorado Avalanche dropped on road PK. Unless they have played two more games and killed 11 other power games.
The Chicago Blackhawks have a conversation rate of 37.5 penalty kill on the road. If penalty kills road were the US presidential election, the Blackhawks would Jill Stein.
“It just seems no matter what, he finds a way,” said Joel Quenneville coach. “Another way every time.”
So let us count the ways. Why bother to kill the Blackhawks suck now?
Niklas Hjalmarsson and Duncan Keith each have been there for nine power play goals against. Jonathan Toews was there for seven of the 14 power-play goals, while Marcus Kruger was there for six.
In theory, Kruger is your man locked down as he was back when he and Michael Frolik was probably the best duo on the PK in the conference. They tried to pair him with rookie Tyler Motte and it did not work.
Corey Crawford, meanwhile, faced new high hazard chances on the PK and let in six goals, giving him the lowest HD a percentage in the league on the penalty kill (via Corsica). Which ranks fifth in the high hazard chances shorthanded and first in goals allowed. It bailouts.
Adam Hess Second City Hockey diagnostic problems of penalty kill as well:
Overall, the Blackhawks are much too passive on the power play. They are not even tried to put pressure on the point, leading opposition being able to set up for shots or easy uncontested passes. This passivity trickles down, as well; Blackhawk are penalties against 54 for nothing when they are outnumbered, leaving them as the only team in the NHL without SOG shorthanded by Natural Stat Trick. This is already a huge change in the 2015-16 season, in which they tied for third in the NHL with 10 shorthanded goals.
The solution here may not be as simple as “more aggressive”, but that’s where the Blackhawks must begin. They must be force players points for their opponent to make a play with the puck, do not let them. Make the change probably will not turn them into an elite team penalty kill, but it will be a step in the right direction to prevent over-play goals they allow.
Specifically, he feels they need to put pressure on the men point more.
Crawl into the fetal position in the corner and wait until the shooting stops.
OK, seriously: These things are cyclical. The underlying factors that will tell you the penalty kill will not be a dominant group – and the fact is that last season they were No. 22 in the league at a clip of 80.3 percent. But it should be cycling back to respectability; especially when Andrew Desjardins, an effective player on the PK last season, returned from injury.
But now it is to cut the legs under the team, and the main culprit behind their mediocre 3-3-1 start. The good news is that it should get better, because it can not be worse. The best news is that nobody in Chicago really going to care about a week and a half from now …